I would have picked Aline.
I would have picked Aline.
Aline Lahoud impressed all four judges in her first performance at the Voice France and chose to join Florent Pagny’s team. However she lost tonight in the Voice Battles round and is now out of the competition. I was told that Mika, who’s originally Lebanese and a judge, could have saved her and kept her on his team but he didn’t, but I don’t really follow the show so I can’t tell.
In all cases, Aline still made us all proud and we wish her the best of luck in her career!
The Southern village will be the first to test out Jamil Rima’s Rapid Pulse Carbonization device, which can transform solid waste into carbon and is considered a “clean alternative to burying garbage and large-scale waste burning”. Ain Ebel are hoping to become a model for environmentally friendly waste management thanks to this invention. [DailyStar]
If you haven’t heard of Rima’s invention, check out my previous post on it. Let’s hope it works out and other villages will make use of it.
Here’s a full recap on the Fouad Boutros Project, to try and help everyone understand what it really is, its impact on the residential areas, who’s opposing it and what are the alternative solutions proposed?
What is the Fouad Boutros Project?
The Fouad Boutros Project, also known as the Highway Project “Hekmeh-Turk” Axis, is an estimated $75 Million Dollars (Activists say $150M) project aiming at improving traffic and flows through the densely populated Achrafieh areas. The concerned districts with this project are Achrafieh, Rmeil, Medawar and Mar Mikhail. You can check out the project’s map [Here].
The Fouad Boutros Project Impact
Based on various studies done by NGOs and the Civil Coalition against the Fouad Boutros Project, here’s what this project would cause if implemented:
- The demolition of around 30 buildings, some of high heritage value.
- The uprooting of about a hundred trees (Man of which are centennial).
- The destruction of around 10,000sqm of green spaces.
- The fragmentation of a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
- Further pollution and noise.
- Increase of traffic in some areas and lack of parking space.
You can read the full impact study [Here].
What are the alternatives to such a project?
Activists sent a book to the authorities with a proposed “Foud Boutros” Park that would replace the highway planned while limiting the damages to a minimum. Here’s a link to the [map] proposed.
When Are The Protests planned?
The Civil Coalition against the Highway Project “ Hekmeh-Turk” Axis (“Fouad Boutros” Road) is asking people to join them for two consecutive days;
- Saturday 1st of March starting 3:00 pm at Mar Mikhayel-Armenia street facing ”Afteem” shops, North-East of EDL.
- Sunday 2nd of March starting 11:00 at Rmeil area, at the back of the Maronite Archbishopric of Beirut, in front of Saint Joseph Maronite Church.
You can all sign the petition [Here].
The Lebanese launch, however, is not just stuck in the pipeline – it has been taken out of it altogether. Currently, Barel says, there are no specific plans to launch in Lebanon at all. “We are trying to expand to new territories and to other countries, but right now we don’t have specific targets for Lebanon,” he says.
Sometimes I wonder if the people in charge of fixing our roads are so damn blind that they are unable to see a huge pothole like this one. It’s been there for months now and it’s still expanding and no one’s fixing it. I will tag the TMC team to see if they will do something about it.
It is great to see so many people joining the protest against the tuition increase and I hope we will see protests in other universities because the same thing is happening there too. A 37% increase in four years (If what the students are saying is true) is unacceptable.
Hundreds of students at the American University of Beirut turned out Thursday to protest a planned tuition hike scheduled to take effect next year.
Students rallied in front of College Hall chanting ‘We won’t pay!’ into microphones as they hoisted colorful signs featuring slogans both serious and playful.
“Our wallets strip for AUB” read one sign in a tongue-in-cheek reference to the recent viral campaign to support Lebanese Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun.
Others read “Raise cost, we raise hell!” “Students sentenced to debt,” and “Show me the money.”
“Over the years, the university has been increasing the tuition with no evidence of why they need it,” said Youssef Samdakil, a third-year mechanical engineering student and one of the protest organizers. Samdakil is also a member of the University Student Faculty Committee’s Tuition Increase Committee, which organized the protest. [DailyStar]
A good friend of mine once gave me a copy of The Outpost and I really enjoyed reading it. I think it’s a very promising magazine and a quality and non-commercial one that deserves our support. What they are asking for is a meager amount for a whole year and it would be a shame not to see them reach their goal. Here’s a [link] to one of their issues if you wanna check it out.
You can read more about the campaign and help if you wish to of course [Here].
The Outpost is a Beirut-based magazine about possibilities in the Arab world. We are a ‘magazine of possibilities’ when the narrative of where we live is a daily declaration of impossibility. In Lebanon, you’re told it’s impossible to think. In Egypt, you’re told it’s impossible to speak. In Palestine, you’re told it’s impossible to live. In Tunisia, you’re told it’s impossible to win. In Saudi Arabia, you’re told it’s impossible to grow. In Syria, you’re told it’s impossible to survive.